Search Results: "Paulo Coelho"


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MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN ACCRA by Paulo Coelho
Released: April 2, 2013

"This 'novel' will appeal to those who like their philosophy predigested yet served on platters."
Another treacly and pseudo-profound set of pronouncements, these from "the Copt," a Greek living in Jerusalem at the end of the 11th century. Read full book review >

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ALEPH by Paulo Coelho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"For readers who admire books filled with goofy yet endearing spiritual clichés such as, 'Death is just a door into another dimension.'"
The latest spirituality-lite novel from Coelho (The Winner Stands Alone, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE WINNER STANDS ALONE by Paulo Coelho
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 7, 2009

"The inconclusive ending validates our worst fears: There could be a sequel."
A serial killer arrives at the Cannes Film Festival, in New Age guru Coelho's listless thriller (Brida, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE WITCH OF PORTOBELLO by Paulo Coelho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2007

"A disappointing rehash of pretty conventional spirituality."
Coelho (The Devil and Miss Prym, 2006, etc.) returns to his favored (and incredibly successful) territory of spiritual questing in this tedious account of a young woman's ascendancy as a guru. Read full book review >

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THE ZAHIR by Paulo Coelho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"One final gem of wisdom: 'It is always important to know when something has reached its end.' The Zahir ends on page 298. You're welcome."
On the road again—to spiritual and sexual fulfillment, as promised by the megabestselling Brazilian author of The Alchemist . Read full book review >

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THE SPY by Paulo Coelho
by Paulo Coelho, translated by Zoë Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A sympathetic but sketchy portrait of a legend."
Coelho's (Adultery, 2014, etc.) novel about Mata Hari, the notorious and (in all likelihood) falsely accused World War I spy, hews closely to the facts. Read full book review >

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BRIDA by Paulo Coelho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2008

"This patchy mélange of vaguely Gnostic sounding aphorisms and not much action—climaxing with a BYOB witch-initiation party—will mostly appeal to Coelho's diehard devotees."
New Age savant Coelho (The Witch of Portobello, 2007, etc.) whitewashes witchcraft. Read full book review >

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WARRIOR OF THE LIGHT by Paulo Coelho
Released: March 1, 2003

"Feeble."
Brazilian Coelho (renowned for The Alchemist, 1993) has sold over 35 million copies worldwide and been translated into 54 languages. His latest may end up in the same enviable boat. Read full book review >

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VERONIKAK DECIDES TO DIE by Paulo Coelho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2000

"Imagine peering into the very heart of the mystical rose in Dante's Paradise and finding the neon injunction: 'TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.'"
A touching, if overexplicit, fable about learning to live in the face of death. Read full book review >

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THE FIFTH MOUNTAIN by Paulo Coelho
Released: March 11, 1998

"Surprisingly persuasive storytelling."
A huge improvement over Brazilian author Coelho's last, the gucky religious romance By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept (1996). Read full book review >

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THE VALKYRIES by Paulo Coelho
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"More pap for the spiritually challenged."
A facile New Age story in which the author and his wife are initiated into the cult of angels by a band of women bikers in the Mojave Desert. Read full book review >

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ELEVEN MINUTES by Paulo Coelho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Down-to-earth dialogue and detail about classy whoring: one of Coelho's strongest."
The Brazilian Coelho, whose inspirational fables have sold about 50 million copies in 150 countries in 57 languages, at times persuades reviewers with his talent but often is seen as gucky and spiritually challenged. Read full book review >